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hey ♪ she was so easy to love but wait i guess that love wasn't enough ♪ ♪ i'm goin through it every time that i'm alone and now i'm missin wishin she'd pick up the phone ♪ ♪ but she made a decision that she wanted to move on cuz i was wrong ♪ ♪ i was thinkin about her thinkin about me thinkin about us ♪ ♪ what we gonna be open my eyes it was only just a dream so i travel back ♪ ♪ down that road will she come back no one knows i realize ♪ ♪ it was only just a dream if you ever loved somebody put your hands up if you ever loved somebody ♪ ♪ put your hands up and now they're gone and you wish ♪ ♪ could give them everything everything ♪ ♪ i said if you ever loved somebody put your hands up put your hands up if you ever loved somebody ♪ ♪ put your hands up put your hands up now they're gone and you wish you could give them
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everything ♪ ♪ uh uh uh i was thinkin about her thinkin about me thinkin about us ♪ ♪ what we gonna be open my eyes it was only just a dream so i travel back ♪ ♪ down that road will she come back no one knows i realize ♪ ♪ it was only just a dream i was thinkin about her thinkin about me thinkin about us ♪ ♪ what we gonna be open my eyes it was only just a dream ♪ ♪ so i travel back down that road will she come back no one knows ♪ ♪ i realize it was only just a dream ♪ ♪ i was thinking about her thinking about me thinking about us ♪ ♪ what we gonna be open my eyes♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jay: yeah. nelly.
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nice job. thank you so much. i want to thank my guests, the lovely julianne moore "the kids are all right." tom felton from "harry potter." nelly. president george bush on thursday and tomorrow night christina aguilera will be here. jimmy fallon happening right now. see you tomorrow. bye bye. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ captions paid for by >> steve: from studio 6b in rockefeller center, the national broadcasting company presents -- tonight's one and only guest -- and of course, featuring the legendary roots crew.
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captions paid for by nbc-universal television -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: the mighty quest! mighty quest! thank you very much! welcome to "late night with jimmy fallon," everybody. i am so excited. we have the one and only bruce springsteen on the show! [ cheers and applause ] >> audience: bruce! >> jimmy: bruce! people all around the plaza were yelling that today, "bruce!" [ light laughter ] there's one person in front of the christmas tree going "spruce!" [ laughter ] just to get in the mood. it's very exciting. it's been so fun. i've been rehearsing with bruce all day. we got a lot of special things planned for you guys tonight. it's going to be a really great show. i'm so excited. i'm beside myself.
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but first, let's get to the news. let's tell some jokes here, you guys. today was the groundbreaking ceremony of the george w. bush presidential library in dallas. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] are you saying "bruce"? [ laughter ] that's right, the library groundbreaking was today. it's easy to get into the building, but then you spend ten years trying to find an exit strategy. [ laughter ] it's very interesting. [ cheers and applause ] interesting building. this is nice. dick cheney attended the ceremony. it's fitting for cheney to be at the library. he spent eight years telling bush to be quiet, so it's a -- [ laughter ] "shut up!" [ applause ] "quit it!" actually, when speaking about bush, dick cheney said that americans can tell a decent, good-hearted guy when they see him. then he was like, "let me know if you do. i need that heart." [ laughter ] "this one's not that good." [ cheers and applause ] "i need it!"
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next wednesday, the day before thanksgiving, is national opt-out day where people are being asked to boycott the tsa's full-body scanners. you know those things that see everything? yeah, yeah. sponsors of the event say, "people shouldn't be made to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable while traveling. that's what thanksgiving with your family is for." [ laughter and applause ] it's none of the tsa's business. i just heard about this. president obama is doing an interview with barbara walters that will air the day after thanksgiving. walters will ask obama how he plans to stop the fighting in the middle east, while he'll ask her how she plans to stop the fighting on "the view." [ laughter ] and then one of them will walk off, and, you know. i don't know if you saw this, you guys. the unemployed american is in the running for "time" magazine's person of the year. the unemployed american. that's got to be frustrating, when you're on the cover of "time" magazine and still nobody will hire you. [ laughter ] isn't that a bummer? that's -- [ cheers and applause ]
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that is such a bummer. [ applause ] and finally, this is just amazing. over 5 million people tuned in to watch the premiere of sarah palin's new show on tlc. it was such a success, tlc now stands for "the learnifying channel." ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show! give it up for the roots! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: this is a big one, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] >> audience: bruce! >> jimmy: we are spending the whole show with one of the biggest rock stars of all time. he's going to talk. he's going to play. he's going to blow your pants off! tonight it's just you, me and bruce springsteen, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] >> audience: bruce! >> jimmy: i am so excited.
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i'm so excited. you know, we pride ourselves on being a positive show here, always looking on the bright side of things. but of course, there's two sides to every story. so tonight, we take a look at those stories and issues making headlines today and weigh the good with the bad in a segment we call "pros and cons." ♪ pros and cons and pros and cons and pros ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: tonight's "pros and cons" topic -- the deluxe reissue of bruce springsteen's "darkness on the edge of town." [ cheers and applause ] look at this thing. just came out today. [ boinging ] >> hey! [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: this thing is awesome. you've got remastered songs, a documentary, a scrapbook with copies of handwritten lyrics. it's pretty amazing. this is probably the best box set i've ever seen. and tonight, we're going to take a look at the pros and cons of "darkness on the edge of town deluxe reissue." here they are. pro -- bruce says that this is the most excited he's ever been about a rerelease. con -- he's talking about the mcrib. [ laughter ] "i love the mcrib!
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it's in the shape of a rib." [ laughter ] "fantastic sandwich." [ laughter ] >> steve: does he love it? >> jimmy: yeah. pro -- it comes with an 80 page notebook featuring copies of handwritten notes, doodles and random scattered thoughts. con -- just like george bush's first draft of "decision points." [ laughter ] very interesting. pro -- fans get an unprecedented look into springsteen's creative process and mindset during one of the most defining moments in his career. con -- plus that dude from "the sopranos" plays guitar. come on! [ laughter ] stevie! pro -- the reissue contains a more upbeat, joyful version of "racing in the streets." con -- it contains a darker, more brooding version of "santa claus is coming to town." [ laughter ] ♪ you'd better watch out
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you'd better not cry you'd better not pout i'm telling you -- ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: darker, brooding version. why? pro -- bruce! con -- jenner! [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] any fans of wheaties out there? the kardashians? pro -- the album cover shows a young artist struggling to deal with fame and disillusionment with the music industry. con -- it also looks like the world's first american apparel ad. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] pro -- the previously unheard song "save my love" is streaming free at brucestringsteen.net
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con -- seriously, he couldn't get brucespringsteen.com? what's going on? [ laughter ] what's the problem there? >> steve: he should call the internet. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: pro -- it's cool to look through the notebook and see the kind of stuff bruce wrote down in his own handwriting. con -- like the time he had to go to walgreens to buy deodorant, toilet paper and seven butterfingers. [ laughter ] "nobody better lay a finger on my butterfinger!" [ laughter ] "i need seven." [ laughter ] "i had two on tuesday. i had one on monday. that makes three. i skipped wednesday altogether." [ laughter ] "had four on thursday. friday just talked about what happened earlier in the week." [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] and finally, pro -- this is the boss's only tv appearance to promote the box set. [ cheers and applause ] >> audience: bruce!
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>> jimmy: con -- besides an upcoming episode of "undercover boss" where he joins the e street band disguised as a backup dancer. [ laughter ] there you go, everybody. that's the "pros and cons." we'll be right back with more "late night." come on! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ i was young and i was stupid ♪ i had just turned 17 ♪ a harmonica and a box guitar ♪ ♪ in a canvas-covered wagon stuffed... ♪
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[ cheers and applause ] >> steve: ladies and gentlemen, neil young. ♪
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♪ i whip my hair back and forth ♪ [ laughter ] ♪ i whip my hair back and forth just whip it ♪ ♪ i whip my hair back and forth i whip my hair back and forth ♪ ♪ whip it real good ♪ hop up out the bed and turn my swag on pay no attention to them haters ♪ ♪ 'cause we whip em off [ laughter ] ♪ we ain't doin' nothin' wrong ♪ ♪ don't tell me nothin' i'm just trying to have fun ♪ ♪ so keep the party jumping ♪
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♪ i whip my hair back and forth just whip it ♪ ♪ i whip my hair back and forth whip it real good ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ don't let haters keep me off my grind keep my head up i know i'll be fine ♪ ♪ keep on fighting until i get there when i'm down and i feel like giving up ♪ ♪ i think of you [ cheers and applause ] ♪ i whip my hair back and forth ♪ ♪ i whip my hair back and forth just whip it ♪
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♪ i whip my hair back and forth ♪ ♪ i whip my hair back and forth ♪ ♪ whip it real good ♪ all my ladies if you feel me ♪ ♪ whip your hair! ♪ do it, do it whip your hair ♪ ♪ whip your hair! ♪ don't matter if it's long or short ♪ ♪ whip your hair! ♪ do it, do it whip your hair ♪ ♪ whip your hair! oh, oh, oh, oh whip my hair! ♪ ♪ oh, oh, oh, oh whip my hair! ♪ ♪ oh, oh, oh, oh whip my hair! ♪ ♪ i whip my hair back and forth ♪ ♪ whip your hair!
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♪ i whip my hair back and forth just whip it ♪ ♪ i whip my hair back and forth just whip it ♪ ♪ i whip my hair back and forth ♪ ♪ you gotta whip your hair! ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: thank you. >> audience: bruce! wto the big apple twice as fast! dinner! [ garth ] we get double miles every time we use our card. and since double miles add up fast, we can bring the whole gang! it's hard to beat double miles! i want a maze, a sword, a... oww! [ male announcer ] get the venture card from capital one and earn double miles on every purchase, every day.
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sweet n' sour filled twizzlers. the twist you can't resist. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back, everybody. tonight's guest is one of the greatest american rock icons of all time. today he released "the promise: the darkness on the edge of town story" box set. right here. it's full of awesomeness. and just in case you want the music from the box set alone, you can pick up "the promise," the two-disc set of previously unreleased tracks, right here. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome bruce springsteen. [ cheers and applause ]
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>> audience: bruce! >> bruce: all right. >> audience: bruce! [ cheers and applause ] >> bruce: i want to buy that hat and that wig, man. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: thank you. we'll let you do that. >> bruce: i'm going straight to hair club for men. >> jimmy: thank you for doing that. >> bruce: i've got to get that back. >> jimmy: it looked good. it looked good. before we even start, i should just let you know, we only have an hour. we're not used to bruce springsteen type of discussions here. i can't thank you enough for -- [ laughter ] for one -- for one, for doing the bit there. i appreciate that. but also -- >> bruce: i'm shocked how you can get neil young on the show at the drop of a hat. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: he comes on all the time! >> bruce: he doesn't take any of my calls.
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>> jimmy: he comes on all the time. it's ridiculous. but you let me -- you gave me the rights, or let me just use -- borrow your song "born to run" when i did the emmys. i hosted the emmys this last year. [ cheers and applause ] it is a -- thank you so much. because you could have said no. and it's just, like, i think it's every person's dream, or every bruce fan's, definitely, dream to just get out in front of a crowd and go, "one, two, three, four!" and then the band kicks in, the fireworks come out. and it was a -- >> bruce: well, you did very well. and i wrote jimmy, and i said, "i don't have to be me anymore. from now on, i can stay home." [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i don't think -- i don't think people will go for it. >> bruce: but what fascinated me was what you were playing that night. >> jimmy: i mimicked your tele, your telecaster. look at this guy. if you zoom in -- >> bruce: this is kind of sad. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: this is fake. it's not sad. this is not -- look at this. this is not -- this is still nice. >> bruce: this is a replica of -- this is like -- this looks like it was made with your mama's nail file.
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[ laughter ] >> jimmy: at one point -- i had a chisel out at one point. >> bruce: it's not 40 years of playing. this with his mama's nail file. >> jimmy: i painted it out, but i got the chords. it was the "e" chord. >> bruce: you did good. >> jimmy: i came out with that. it's a little embarrassing showing you. >> bruce: no, you did very well, and i don't ever want to see that again. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i came out. i felt it. i felt the power. because you know what it is? you grow up and you hear -- you're the first artist, i think, you hear, you're like, "you've got to see this guy in concert. this guy is -- this guy invented the concert." [ cheers and applause ] i mean, you did. you know? >> audience: bruce! >> jimmy: you got this box set. and even that, i mean, the first time i heard that, i thought people were booing you. and i go, "the guy didn't even started playing yet!" [ laughter ] >> bruce: i've been booed. it's actually -- the ear can distinguish between that and actual -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: there is a little thing. >> bruce: -- and actual booing. when you actually get booed, it's not quite the same. [ light laughter ]
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>> jimmy: but when you watch some of these -- 'cause gosh, this box set has so many fun things in it. but a lot of it is some live performance dvds of you, and there's not one second where it doesn't look like you're having the best time in your life. and i don't know. is that real? is it acting? >> bruce: it's all acting, actually. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i can just tell. there's that one concert there from '78 in houston that is a bootleg that never existed. [ cheers and applause ] >> bruce: yeah. >> jimmy: and then -- why did you decide to release that one? because of the sweat factor? [ laughter ] >> bruce: no, that was -- that was one of the few concerts that hadn't been bootlegged previously, i think. most of the stuff over the years, until i started recording literally at my home, everything finds its way out into -- these days, on the internet. so, that -- but for some reason, that show, i don't think that show -- and somebody here probably knows -- i don't think that show was ever actually -- >> audience: no! >> bruce: it wasn't? it wasn't bootlegged? >> jimmy: no. that's a serious fan right there. "no, it wasn't, sir." [ laughter ]
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>> bruce: what are the odds of that happening today? very, very, very, very, very slim. so -- >> jimmy: yeah, because i was going to say, speaking of cell phones out, it was just on the internet last week. you were in new jersey, and you just got up at some club -- some young band, and you just got up and started jamming out, singing "mustang sally." >> bruce: right, right. >> jimmy: and it was all over the internet. and i go, "i wonder if he did this his whole career, but there just were just no cell phones at the time. everyone wasn't holding the video camera." >> bruce: yeah, it's gotten very strange like that. it's a bit -- getting around is -- you can't sneak around like you used to. [ laughter ] i mean, this is a place where i'm in farmingdale, new jersey -- metropolis, right, of central jersey? [ light laughter ] i'm at a place called woody's -- woody's roadside. >> jimmy: yeah. >> bruce: it's a little bar in farmingdale, which is about ten miles outside of freehold. and my brother-in-law's band was playing. so he's in a band called timepiece, very good cover band. you can come out and see them. >> jimmy: they do cover stuff, yeah? >> bruce: he's my brother-in-law, and so i came out to see -- i hadn't seen his band, so i -- it was like a motorcycle night, a bunch of motorcyclists there.
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"you coming?" do you want to play?" but you know, it's my brother-in-law, so i've got to play. [ laughter ] and so, i got up. i still had my winter coat on and everything, and we played through a few tunes. but the minute you do, the first thing you see is -- there's a wall of this going on. and you know, it's international, you know? so, it's a -- >> jimmy: is it the new lighter? is it, like, everyone just having their cell phones in the air going -- ♪ oh, oh, whip your hair [ laughter ] >> bruce: it's international from there on in, so. >> jimmy: can you ever go to a concert and just go to a concert? like, enjoy yourself? say you call up somebody -- you call up neil young and you go like, "hey, neil, i want to come see you at the garden," or something. >> bruce: right. >> jimmy: and he goes, "hey, do you want to play? get up and play a couple songs?" [ laughter ] >> bruce: sometimes people ask to be courteous. i ask people to be courteous if somebody shows up at the show. but once you're old, you can say no to anything, so it's like -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: "no, i just want to
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enjoy the music." >> bruce: it's not -- it's not as hard. but if a musician comes up, "do you want to sing? do you want to play something?" it's not a burden. >> jimmy: the one thing i think was cool, and i'd love you to explain this -- here's a picture that some paparazzi or someone took of you, maybe a professional wedding photographer. [ light laughter ] these two kids were sitting on a bench. can you explain this? >> bruce: yeah, i can. [ laughter ] this is me -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: it's not a j. crew. this is not a j. crew ad, is it? [ light laughter ] okay, good. >> bruce: all right, this is me enjoying a late afternoon at one of my favorite hideaways, all right? and there's a bench right here, and i was sitting on it, and this gentleman came down the street playing this guitar, and i believe i said something like, "play that thing. it's good for you." right? and -- >> jimmy: that's a good line. >> bruce: and he said, "no, you play it!" so, i took it for a second. but then he told me that he -- they were getting married.
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he was -- they were about to get hitched, and they had, i guess, a photographer with them to take romantic pictures on the beach. so, they said "can i take a picture?" i said, "sure," you know? but then it's -- once again, it's viral and internet. it's an international incident and -- >> jimmy: it was a private moment. >> bruce: these people were actually, i believe, on the "today" show. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah. >> bruce: these people now have actual television careers. >> jimmy: yeah, yeah, yeah. >> bruce: you know? based on this picture right here. >> jimmy: yeah. >> bruce: and they're very lovely. i wish them all the best, and -- >> jimmy: what did you play for them? >> bruce: i didn't play anything, really. i just posed with the guitar for a few minutes. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: come on. >> bruce: i guess the thing, is if you stumble across the easter bunny, you have to tell someone, so -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: there you go! [ cheers and applause ] that's true. more with bruce springsteen when we get back! [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back! i'm hanging out with the one and only bruce springsteen. look at this box set. you get this box set here. it comes with a notebook inside. this is what your notebook looked like? >> bruce: we're going to do this on home shopping network later. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: no, i mean, this is cool! as a fan, you love this stuff! >> bruce: you and i are going to go, "remember this skinny man --" >> jimmy: no, no, no. >> bruce: he worked for me. >> jimmy: you do look good there. you know what i was gonna ask you? look at you here. how come no one ever asked you to act? like, no one ever asked you -- did you ever act in movies? >> bruce: i'm acting right now. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: no, no, no.
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i mean, like, mick jagger, bowie, they all did it. did anyone ever say, like, "hey, can you be on 'the love boat?'" [ laughter ] come on, buddy. >> bruce: when i was young, i thought about it a little bit, and i had a few offers, but i was -- it was right around this time, and i was just concerned with diluting what i was doing. i mean, really, with the exception of frank sinatra, there's been some good musician actors, but frank sinatra is probably -- maybe the best. >> jimmy: yeah, you could have been "the godfather 2." "fredo, you broke my heart!" [ laughter ] >> bruce: it was too late. >> jimmy: look at this, though. you got even, like, a beer-stained ring or something there? what is that? [ laughing ] >> bruce: i don't remember, man. i don't know. >> jimmy: what was that ring, jack daniel's? [ laughing ] but it's so cool. look at this. i've got to show this, because i freaked out. i love this! there's the record. handwriting. just, like, lyrics, things. >> oh, you're good. >> jimmy: no, i'm doing it because i'm intrigued by this. like -- over here you got -- >> those are votes for the songs. >> jimmy: is that right? you vote on what you like with the band? >> i didn't listen to anyone else's votes. >> jimmy: you want to be democratic about it.
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>> bruce: but i allowed them to vote. [ laughter ] here's the vote. >> jimmy: that's the message for all you kids out there. you've got to vote. make it count. >> bruce: they had a vote. >> jimmy: you've got to vote. this i love. this is, like, a set list or something right here? this is, like, you jamming out. look at all the buddy holly you've got on there. "peggy sue." >> you've got "wiggle wobble" right here by les cooper. >> jimmy: what is "wiggle wobble"? >> bruce: "wiggle wobble" is a fantastic instrumental that the roots would kill. >> jimmy: oh, really? you go to look into that, quest. >> "wiggle wobble" -- les cooper -- >> jimmy: i mean, were you a big buddy holly, elvis fan? >> bruce: yeah, i was then. i think, you know, there wasn't a whole lot of buddy. i don't know -- these were things i was either listening to or thinking about covering -- covering on stage, i think. so -- >> jimmy: yeah, that one, "and then she kissed me," which i've
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heard on a bootleg. it's phenomenal. >> bruce: then you have this "all for the love of rock and roll" by the tuff darts. and i don't know -- [ applause ] you remember the tuff darts? that's pretty good. cbgb. >> jimmy: there you go. you were getting into punk at this time. >> bruce: the tuff darts was robert gordon. if i'm correct, robert gordon -- first band. robert gordon was the guy who cut "fire," you know? and -- >> jimmy: oh, really? >> bruce: it was a great -- "all for the love of rock and roll," great, great rock and roll song we did a cover of at one time. >> jimmy: it is all phenomenal stuff. but you show all the records. i mean, you've got "the promise" here, which is out, because this is two extra cds of music that you didn't put on "darkness." >> bruce: right, yeah. >> jimmy: so you wrote 70 songs. [ laughing ] that's, like, an insane person does that. [ laughter ] that's like -- that's seven albums! i mean, that's crazy, right? >> bruce: yeah, it was. it was. [ laughter ] we didn't really know -- we really didn't know how to do what we were doing, you know? it'd be like if you had to tell ten jokes to find one funny one. >> jimmy: i did that tonight. [ laughter ] i do it every night! it's pretty insane. yeah! [ cheers and applause ] but, i mean -- >> bruce: that's exactly what's going on there.
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>> jimmy: what happened? i mean, but now you listen to them and you go, "god, they're all funny. they're all good jokes. they're all good songs." >> bruce: they're good, but i think at the time, they were -- the stuff that -- the stuff that we didn't put out, i think it wore its influences on its sleeve more. and at the time, i was very, very concerned with forging my own voice and having something that i was concerned about. i didn't want to be a revivalist. i didn't want to be just sort of updating old styles. i wanted to be doing something that felt very forward. and so, a lot of the music -- and it's interesting because a lot of stuff, there's beautiful melodies and arrangements and the stuff held up over all these years. and it was really, i had a great time working on them, and a lot of it's very beautiful, you know. >> jimmy: yeah. >> but it was just -- we were very -- we were very -- we edited very, very tightly. because at the time, really, no one knew who we were. forget -- we'd had the one success, but then we disappeared for three years, and people thought we were done and finished. and so --
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>> jimmy: is that right? >> bruce: oh, yeah. >> jimmy: after this? i mean, you were on the cover of both "timeweek" -- "newsweek" and "time." [ cheers and applause ] look at this. that doesn't happen! that was, like, a mistake. that was, like, a big thing. look at that. >> you know -- >> jimmy: i just saw this guy ten minutes ago. [ laughter ] if you can stick with neil young, that's pretty good, man. >> bruce: he's incredible. >> jimmy: he's great. "whip my hair" is good. >> jimmy: i heard that you went -- you were so excited about this that you were in memphis, you played a gig, and you tried to hop the fence of graceland and say hi to elvis. >> bruce: i should have brought the magazines with me, you know, but -- >> jimmy: he didn't know who you were. "who is this, man?" >> bruce: well, at the time -- well, anyways, we were just talking about robert gordon, and robert gordon cut "fire." but "fire" i originally wrote for elvis presley. >> jimmy: is that right? the pointer sisters? that "fire"? >> bruce: that "fire" was originally a song -- and steve was with me that night. >> jimmy: steve van zandt is here. you want to bring him out? >> bruce: yeah. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: steve van zandt, everybody! ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
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>> jimmy: come on. come on! look at this, buddy. what do you think of this box set? are you freaking out about it? is it cool? do you remember all of this? >> i'm digging it, man. i don't remember any of it. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: it's like the first time he saw it. >> all i know is, i know we called it "the promise." >> jimmy: yeah. >> but i wanted to call it "a bunch of lost arguments." [ laughter ] >> jimmy: is that what it felt like? >> yeah. but there's some good songs on there though. >> jimmy: yeah, but you guys are close. you guys are -- here's you now. >> bruce: this is steve's favorite stuff, that's why. >> jimmy: this is you guys now, and you get real close. you guys are harmonizing. you'd better have your certs in there and your lifesavers in there. [ laughter ] and look at you back here. look at this. probably around that time.
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>> bruce: it's incredible. [ laughter ] >> we were cute, weren't we? >> jimmy: looks like you're trying to hypnotize him there. [ laughter ] >> and we don't actually speak besides this. >> jimmy: you don't even speak. no. you just text message, is that right? >> we don't speak anymore. >> jimmy: stevie, how was it for you, after "born to run" comes out, smash hit. now you're in a barn, and you're recording 70 songs, and he goes, "i only want to use 10"? [ laughter ] "i only want to use 10." >> it's weird, man, because as a guitar player, that's one thing. you have different tastes, maybe, you know? and i'm digging some things and thinking -- but as a songwriter, i'm like, "man, you're throwing that away?" >> jimmy: really? >> "you're putting that on the shelf?" you know, it was tough to -- i mean, that kind of willpower and discipline i didn't have. okay? he had it, but i didn't have it, man. i'm like, "that's too good." >> jimmy: "we've got to use it!"
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>> yeah, "you've gotta use that." >> jimmy: "darkness, lightness we'll do both. we'll do four versions." >> bruce: all the stuff that ended up on this thing was really in steve's wheelhouse. and it was stuff that steve and i, when we met, i laid eyes on him and i knew this was the guy who drank the same kool-aid that i had, and that was kind of it from then on. so all of these -- a lot of these are -- the things that ended up on this record were things that came out of so much of the music that we loved and that we spent time dreaming over when we were kids, you know? >> it's so much fun listening to this now, because you know, you hear all the influences, but they're not, like -- i mean, it's subtle. it's actually quite subtle, you know? at the time, it didn't seem as subtle. but now, you know, you've really got to -- you can hear little bits and pieces. >> jimmy: 30 years later? >> bruce: at the time, the music we were drawing from was probably only 10 or 12 years old. this was 1978, and we were deeply influenced by the late '60s and mid-'60s records. so, it was only -- it'd be like
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going back to the mid-'90s or late '90s and drawing your influences from there. >> jimmy: from like -- [ laughter ] >> bruce: so, at the time, i think you felt a lot closer to those things. and, you know, as time passed. >> jimmy: now, can you explain, because i always want to know the story behind "because the night." "because the night," patty smith had a hit with it. >> right. >> bruce: this is the one steve was pissed at me for giving it away. but what happened was this jimmy iovine, who was then an engineer who now is a big music mogul, drove up to the record plant in an orange mercedes-benz. >> jimmy: that's cool, first of all. that's pretty cool. >> bruce: nobody had ever seen a mercedes-benz, but somehow or other, he managed to get -- he came up with the orange mercedes, and he drove me to coney island. and on the way, somehow, he talked me into giving up the
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song, which i'm glad that i did. because i wasn't going to finish it, and she finished it beautifully. and it would have never seen the light of day, much less been the song that it is without her working on it. so, thank you, patty. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> jimmy: what's cool is that -- what's cool is you guys are going to give us a taste of that song and another song from "the promise." >> bruce: yes, we are. yes, we are. >> jimmy: right about now. [ cheers and applause ] come on back! bruce springsteen and steven van zandt perform with the roots and the e street band when we get back! come on! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ so, during sign then drive i can get a cc
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back, everybody! here to perform "because the night" with stevie van zandt, professor roy bittan and the roots, bruce springsteen! [ cheers and applause ] >> audience: bruce! ♪ ♪
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♪ take me now, baby here as i am pull me close try and understand ♪ ♪ desire is hunger is the fire i breathe love is a banquet on which we feed ♪ ♪ come on now try and understand the way i feel when i'm in your hands ♪ ♪ take my hand come undercover they can't hurt you now they can't hurt you now ♪ ♪ they can't hurt you now because the night belongs to lovers because the night ♪ ♪ belongs to lust because the night belongs to lovers because the night ♪ ♪ belongs to us have i doubt when i'm alone love is a ring ♪
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♪ the telephone love is an angel disguised as lust here in our bed ♪ ♪ till the morning comes come on now try and understand the way i feel ♪ ♪ under your command take my hand as the sun descends ♪ ♪ they can't touch you now they can't touch you now they can't touch you now because the night ♪ ♪ belongs to lovers because the night belongs to lust because the night ♪ ♪ belongs to lovers because the night belongs to ♪ ♪
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♪ with love we sleep with doubt the vicious cycle turns and burns ♪ ♪ without you i cannot live forgive me now the time has come ♪ ♪ to take the moment and they can't hurt us now they can't hurt us now because the night ♪ ♪ belongs to lovers because the night belongs to lust because the night ♪ ♪ belongs to lovers because the night belongs to us ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
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>> jimmy: oh, my! >> audience: bruce! >> jimmy: we'll be right back with another song from bruce springsteen! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back, everybody. very quickly, on tomorrow night's show, we've got a special "harry potter" superfan contest. someone's going to win a trip to london and a chance to shoot their own "harry potter" movie scene. it's going to be big, so tune in tomorrow night. all right, once again, backed by steven van zandt, professor roy bittan and the roots, here's bruce springsteen with "save my love." [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ now there's something coming through the air that softly reminds me tonight i'll park ♪ ♪ out on the hill and wait until they find me here slipping through the ether ♪ ♪ a voice is coming through so keep me in your heart tonight and i'll save my love for you ♪ ♪ so turn up your radio and darling dial me in close
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we're riding on the airwaves ♪ ♪ and we're traveling coast to coast over river and highway your voice comes ♪ ♪ clear and true though we're far apart tonight i'll save my love for you ♪ ♪ hold me in your arms and our doubts won't break us if we open up our hearts love won't forsake us ♪ ♪ let's let the music take us and carry us home there's a prayer coming through the air ♪ ♪ like a shot straight through my heart tearing open the evening sky tearing me apart ♪ ♪ i'll ride that signal down the line till i'm home again with you
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